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5:10 AM ET, February 9, 2009

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John Borthwick / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Next Victim Of Creative Destruction?  (GOOG)  —  The web has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to evolve and leave embedded franchises struggling or in the dirt.  Prodigy, AOL were early candidates.  Today Yahoo and Ebay are struggling, and I think Google is tipping down the same path.
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Google's First Real Threat?  Twitter.  —  As Google's search share approaches 85%, there is constant debate over who could possibly challenge them.  Some mighty forces (e.g. Ballmer, Wales, Diller) have aligned against them, but the lead just keeps growing.  —  I have seen the threat.
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Time to Hang Up the Pajamas  —  I learned the hard way: while blogs can do many wonderful things, making huge amounts of money isn't one of them.  —  From the magazine issue dated Feb 16, 2009  —  For two years I was obsessed with trying to turn a blog into a business.
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Wozniak to Compete on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ TV Show  —  ABC officially announced the cast list for Season 8 of their reality TV show Dancing with the Stars and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is listed amongst the contestants for this year's show.
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch:
Twits Know: Google Quietly Laying Off Engineers  —  If you can believe conversations on Twitter, it seems Google has been quietly laying off engineers and changing the scope of their jobs.  Apparently some of the work done by the “contractors” laid off over the past couple of months is now being added to their work load.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Is Noca The Next PayPal?  —  Noca, an online payments start-up we wrote about last year, is launching its official payment service today.  Formed by ex-Visa employees, Noca originally offered a micro-payments system via two Facebook applications, OneClickPay and HelpYourWorld.
Discussion: Webware.com
Daimaou / Akihabaranews.com:
Samsung Ultra Touch S8300, Official announcement  —  Rate this News:  —  Samsung just sent us an email with the latest information on their S8300 Ultra Touch mobile phone.  Our 3G Wonder (HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE/GPRS), feature a 2.8" WQVGA AMOLED Screen touch screen, a 8Mpix Camera Module with LED Flash with AF …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
OneSpot raises $4.2M for customized news aggregation  —  OneSpot, a company that helps websites offer links to relevant news stories elsewhere on the Internet, has raised $4.2 million in a first round of venture funding.  —  The most obvious comparison to the Austin, Texas company's offerings …
Discussion: GigaOM, OneSpot.com and paidContent.org
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD launches new Phenom II processors: Take that, Intel  —  Intel hasn't yet responded to the last salvo Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) sent its way, but AMD is already back to take another whack at the world's biggest chip maker.  —  A month after it launched its last round …
Discussion: CNET News and Digits
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Electronic Book Start-Up Finds Partners  —  Plastic Logic, maker of an electronic book reader, plans to announce partnership deals on Monday that it says will bring a number of major publications to its planned device.  —  The company plans to make a device with a 10.7-inch diagonal electronic display …
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
A New Kindle While Journalism Burns  —  Could Amazon's device help save an industry?  —  On Monday Amazon is expected to announce the second version of the Kindle, its powerful electronic book.  Most gadget freaks expect some significant improvements, including a better keyboard layout and less intrusive navigation controls.
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:   Kindle 2.0: What to look for  —  With Amazon.com expected …
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Tune your TV into a GPS  —  Television broadcasts may help carriers put tiny cellular base stations into subscribers' homes.  Sounds like a strange link, but Rosum aims to provide GPS assistance to femtocells and other devices by tuning into TV.  —  Rosum would probably like to thank …
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
OpenDNS rolls out Conficker tracking, blocking
Discussion: Keenpath and Slashdot
Financial Times:
Global turmoil deepens China's chipmaker woes
Lori Aratani / Washington Post:
Fitness Revolution in Motion
Richard Watersin San Francisco / Financial Times:
Sales of PCs to fall for first time in eight years
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Kathryn Johnston / Times of London:
Ireland not open for business, says Twitter innovator
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Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
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Digital Archivists, Now in Demand
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